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An adorable Messier 106 was taken with the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope

It is difficult for anyone who has never looked through a large professional telescope to understand how you can get detailed views of such very distant galaxies and celestial bodies. Astronomers have shared a new image of the galaxy Messier 106, which is stunningly beautiful and detailed. The images were taken with the four-meter-high Nicholas U Maillol Telescope at the Kate Peak National Observatory.

The Very detailed picture It shows the incandescent spiral arm and filaments of gas and dust at the core of the galaxy, along with the twisted star bands at its outer edge. Messier 106 is wide enough in the sky that it can be seen with a small telescope, making it a popular target for amateur astronomers. Messier 106 is located in the constellation Canes Venatici.

Astronomers say the galaxy is similar in size and brightness to the Andromeda Galaxy. Nevertheless, Messier 106 is about ten times away from Earth by more than 20 million light-years. Messier 106 measures more than 130,000 light-years from edge to edge.

The vast distance from Earth is the reason why we are able to photograph the entire galaxy. Astronomers say that if it were visible with the naked eye, it would be less than a penny width at arm’s length. The supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy is extraordinarily active and has a mass of about 40 million times the mass of the Sun.

The supermassive black hole consumes huge amounts of gas and dust from the surrounding gas disk, causing it to excite a lot of material. This process created a bright red stream of gas emitted from the galactic core visible in the center of the image. The image also shows a pair of dwarf galaxies belonging to the same galaxy cluster as Messier 106.

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